Stephen Matthew Sisson of Cooper City, Florida was arrested Sunday after he was accused of leading police on an extremely slow police chase as he drove down the road on two flat tires, news sources report. Sisson, 45, was booked into the Broward County Main Jail on charges of driving under the influence, driving with a suspended license, having an enhanced DUI reading above .150, running red lights, and for damaging the road surface. A judge set his bail at $10,000. The press did not specify an attorney for Sisson.
According to reports, the incident soon after 3:00 a.m. on Sunday. Two Florida Highway Patrol officers initially spotted Sisson’s vehicle at the intersection of Riverland Road and State Road 7 in Fort Lauderdale, sources say. The officers noticed Sisson’s vehicle had two flat left tires, so they reportedly turned their cruiser lights on, exited, and walked up to Sission’s car. The officers knocked on the door of Sisson’s Chrysler 300; however, instead of responding, Sisson allegedly drove off.
The FHP officers began pursuing Sisson, sources say. They allegedly observed him treating red lights as stop signs, coming to a stop before going “straight through them,” sources say. As Sisson “continued to drive north at a very slow speed,” a Broward officer joined the FHP in pursuit. One of the authorities must have called backup, because Sisson was finally stopped when police barricaded the intersection of Sunrise Boulevard and State Road 7.
Once police had handcuffed Sisson, they purportedly noted that he reeked of alcohol and seemed tired and disoriented. An officer had Sisson perform field sobriety tests, but the attempt was aborted because “It was clear to me the defendant was highly impaired and that there was a significant risk that the defendant would fall and injure himself if I continued with the other sobriety exercises,” according to a report.
Sisson reportedly told officers that he was on medication for alcoholism, but that he did not know what it was called. It is not clear whether he is seeking any other forms of treatment for his medical issue, or whether he admitted to drinking that night. However, police had Sisson take a Breathalyzer test, which allegedly resulted in readings of .320 and .326.